This is the week to get excited about computers again. Whether you’re a Mac or Windows user, you should know that brand new hardware is coming. Both Apple and Microsoft have scheduled special media events to introduce their latest computers. Apple’s most exciting new product will probably be the MacBook Pro, which is in for a well-deserved massive refresh. But desktop fans should know that Microsoft is about to unveil its first ever iMac killer, a brand new Surface all-in-one device. More →
In 2013, Microsoft paid the NFL $400 million for a 5-year deal to equip NFL teams with Surface tablets. And leaving no room for Apple’s iPad to sneak into the mix, Microsoft’s Surface was publicly dubbed the “Official Tablet of the NFL.”
Three years after Microsoft and the NFL signed on the dotted line, the most revered coach in the NFL — and perhaps in NFL history — has had enough with Microsoft. Bill Belichick is usually pretty restrained when talking to the press, but when asked about his recent decision to kick the Microsoft Surface to the curb, he seemingly turned into a different person.
Microsoft is expected to unveil new Surface-branded hardware this year, including Surface Pro 5 and a Surface Book 2 tablet/laptops. But for the first time since introducing the Surface family of Windows devices, Microsoft may also launch a desktop computer of its own. Rumored to be an all-in-one (AIO) PC, the Surface desktop is expected to compete directly against Apple’s iMac. More →
There’s little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple’s device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss.
The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything.
The first-generation Surface RT was a notorious bomb but Microsoft has diligently kept refining its Surface tablet models and has seen some impressive sales growth over the past year. According to Microsoft’s Q1 2015 earnings report that it released on Thursday, the company generated $908 million in Surface revenue, which is more than twice the $400 million in Surface revenue Microsoft reported in Q1 2014 and a sequential improvement from the $409 million in Surface revenue that the company posted in Q4 2014. More →
It’s no secret that Microsoft has struggled to gain significant momentum with its Surface line of tablets, but it certainly doesn’t help when paid professionals can’t even get the name right on national television. Over a year ago, Microsoft announced a $400 million partnership with the NFL which would bring interactive content exclusively to the Xbox One. It also put Surface Pro 2 tablets into the hands of coaches and players on the sidelines, but there’s one thing Microsoft didn’t account for: none of the announcers seem to know what a Surface is. More →
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet might finally be gaining some traction for Microsoft in the tablet market, but the whole Surface venture has come at an enormous cost. Computerworld notices that Microsoft revealed in an 8-K statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week that it has lost $1.7 billion on its Surface line of tablets so far, which is nearly double the $900 million write down that Microsoft took last year on unsold Surface inventory. More →
The Surface mini project isn’t as dead as you might think, Neowin says, reporting that the device is real and may still launch in the future. The publication has confirmed that the mini tablet was excluded from the official Surface Pro 3 announcement following an “eleventh hour” decision – which apparently means as late as two days before the keynote – although it’s not clear whether or not Stephen Elop is to blame. However, it looks like Windows is waiting for one key feature to resurrect the Surface mini. More →
Ahead of Microsoft’s Surface event on Tuesday, Chitika took a look at some usage statistics in the non-iPad tablet market, and the results for Microsoft’s devices were a tad bit worrying. Based on tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian online ad impressions, Chitika found that the Surface and Surface 2 usage share in the tablet market had fallen from 7.5% to 6.7% since February 1st, even excluding iPad usage. More →
Microsoft is currently holding a press conference in New York City, during which several brand new Surface tablets are expected to be unveiled. You can watch the event live right here. Rumors were all over the map leading up to the event, with early reports suggesting that an 8-inch Surface mini tablet would finally be unveiled after two years of rumors. Subsequent claims suggested that wouldn’t be the case at all, and Microsoft would instead show off an updated Surface Pro 3 with a larger display, as well as a new Surface 3 running Windows RT.
Now, the guessing game is finally coming to an end. More →
Microsoft is widely expected to take the wraps off of a smaller “Surface mini” tablet during a press conference in New York City on May 20th. According to a new report, however, the Surface mini will be just one of several new tablet models that Microsoft plans to unveil at its event later this month. More →
Microsoft finally released Office for iPad last week to both great acclaim and lucrative sales. However, this success story has raised some questions about what this means for Microsoft’s young hardware division and most specifically its Surface tablet. Forbes contributor Gene Marks makes the case that the Surface “died” the minute Microsoft decided to bring Office to the iPad, although he sees that as a positive sign for the company’s future. More →
Microsoft is finally ready to ship the promised Surface Power Covers, as the company is currently taking pre-orders on its website, ZDNet reports, having revealed a March 19 launch date for the accessory. Priced at $199.99 in the U.S., the cover can extend battery life of up to 70% while still acting as a full keyboard and a screen cover for the Surface tablet. The device also recharges the battery of the Surface tablet while in use. More →